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Title IX: Sex Discrimination, Harassment, and Assault

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education.  It reads:

"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."

Legal Citation:  Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX)

Sex discrimination includes pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual assault. While it is often thought of as a law that applies to athletics programs, Title IX is much broader than athletics and applies to many programs at Indiana University Northwest.

Title IX specifically prohibits discrimination against a student based on pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery from any of these conditions. To request approval for a medically necessary absence due to pregnancy or childbirth, contact the Director of Student Support Services at or 219-980-6942.

Additional information on the rights of pregnant students under Title IX can be found at:

Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students

Reports of sex discrimination (including pregnancy discrimination), sexual harassment, sexual violence or any information related to such an incident must be reported immediately and directly to the IU Northwest Deputy Title IX Coordinator at or 219-980-6853. The Deputy Title IX Coordinator is responsible for overseeing IU Northwest's response to all Title IX complaints and reports, and ensuring that the appropriate designated campus officials are involved in investigating and adjudicating such complaints according to IU Northwest's applicable policies and procedures.